December 19, 2023

Welcoming Our New Board Chair

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Scott Darraugh as our new Board Chair, marking a significant milestone for our organisation. Scott, the Chief Executive of health and wellbeing spin-out, Social adVentures, is not only an accomplished leader but also a prominent social entrepreneur with a remarkable track record of over 10 years in driving public health service reform.


In his notable role as Project Director in NHS Salford,Scott spearheaded innovative community programs in deprived UK neighbourhoods, leaving an indelible mark on healthcare initiatives. In 2010, he took a bold step by leading his team to establish one of the first NHS Social Enterprises, a venture that went beyond traditional healthcare boundaries. Under his guidance, the portfolio expanded to include a community garden centre and social enterprise childcare nurseries, showcasing his commitment to holistic community well-being.


Scott's influence extends beyond his immediate roles, as he actively contributes to the Cabinet Office's public service mutualisation agenda, earning him the title of an official 'Mutuals Ambassador.' His dedication and impact were further acknowledged when he was named among theUK’s Top 100 Young Social Entrepreneurs in 2011, solidifying his position as a driving force in the realm of social innovation.


As Chair of Bevan Health and Global Grooves, Scott has demonstrated his ability to navigate complex landscapes and foster collaborative efforts for positive change. Now, he brings his wealth of experience and passion for community-centric initiatives to Starts with you, signalling a thrilling new chapter for us.


In a statement about his new position, Scott expressed, "I am honoured to be the new Chair at SWY, building on the great work of Mike Corfield. It is a challenging and exciting time for SWY as it enters a new phase of growth and development!" His words echo the anticipation and enthusiasm that surrounds this pivotal moment, underscoring the potential for innovation and progress under his leadership.


Scott Darraugh's appointment as our Board Chair marks not only a change in leadership but a commitment to pushing boundaries and embracing growth. We are thrilled to embark on this journey with such a visionary and accomplished leader at the helm. Here's to a future filled with impactful initiatives and positive transformation under Scott's guidance.


What Hayley Hulme, Our Managing director says about the appointment:

“I am thrilled to confirm Scott’s appointment as Chair of the SWY Board of Directors. Scott joined the Board just over 12 months ago and has shown his passion and ambition for our social purpose and aspirations for growth. He is both a passionate supporter and national thought leader in the social enterprise sector, and an experienced social enterprise CEO who understands the opportunities and challenges we face. He is the perfect choice to work with me to lead our ambitious plans for growth, building our reputation as the go-to social enterprise provider of ethical property management services in Greater Manchester and beyond. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Scott over the coming 3+ years and share his excitement about the Positive Change our emerging plans for growth will deliver.


The whole team would also like to say an enormous ‘ThankYou’ to our outgoing Interim Chair, Mike Corfield. Mike has done a brilliant job of supporting and challenging the business over the past 18months, agreeing to take the Chair on temporarily in 2022. He is a much-valued member of our team and brings huge value to our work, we are delighted he has agreed to remain on the Board until the end of his term of office in 2025”.


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